Bir and Billing are the twin positions where the event will be hosted. This site is regarded as among
the best in the world for Paragliding. The bald rise of Billing (2600 M) is the take-off site and Bir (2080 M)
is the landing site. The road Distance between the two is 14 Km. It is sheltered by the Dhauladhar
mountains and surrounded by tea gardens whereas Billing offer opportunities for high altitude and cross
country flying for more than 200 KM. The world record for out and return paragliding was set at Bir Billing
by a Frenchman Xavier Redmond when he flew 132.5 Km. The small towns of Taragarh, Baijnath and
Jogindernagar are close to Bir-Billing and large town of Palampur is 28 Km from Bir. Himachal Pradesh is
conducting Paragliding Pre World Cup & Paragliding Championships of International level since 2002 at BirBilling every year with the support of Aero Club of India.
The paragliding site at Bir-Billing in Kangra district near Baijnath is regarded as among the best in the world for Paragliding. Billing (2290 m) is the take-off site and Bir (1400 m) is the village at the landing site.The road distance between the two is 14 km. Bir is sheltered by the Dhauladhar mountains and the ridges behind keep rising to 3000 mtrs, 4000 mtrs, 5000 mtrs and one after the other so as pilot can fly at 4000 mtrs and still watch the mountains tower above.
Bir is a beautiful village surrounded by tea gardens and spectacular scenery, whereas Billing offers unique opportunities for highaltitude and cross country flying and flights of 180 kms have been achieved from here.
( Site for the annual pre-world cup paragliding championship)
All along the bottom of the ridges runs a parallel road from Mandi to Dharamshala and beyond which assures easy recovery for pilots after landing. The most important feature of this region is its weather. On bad weather days one can still fly 20-30 kms and on good days 100 kms is not difficult. October & November are the ideal months for flying in autumn and March to May i.e spring is also flyable but conditions are very strong in spring with thermals of 6-12 mtrs/sec and cloudbase of 4000 to 6000 mtrs.
The small towns of Taragarh, Baijnath and Jogindernagar are close to Bir- Billing and large town of Palampur is 29 km from Bir. Himachal Pradesh is conducting International Paragliding competitions since 2002 at Bir-Billing every year.
(Beautiful view of dhauladhar mountain range from Bir-Billing)
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